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Margaret Ritchie and Seamus Mallon on the campaign trail

Margaret Ritchie and Seamus Mallon on the campaign trail

Margaret Ritchie and Seamus Mallon on the campaign trail

SDLP veteran Seamus Mallon is back on the campaign trail again - and clearly relishing the battle with his old rivals in Sinn Fein.

Speaking while campaigning for Margaret Ritchie, the former deputy First Minster said South Down was a "two horse race" and slammed Sinn Fein abstentionism. He claimed Sinn Fein's plan for politics "is to remove all representation from Westminster for the first time since the 1960s".

"The choice is very clear - elect a candidate who can represent people of all backgrounds, who will protect the Good Friday Agreement and who will fight against Theresa May's plans for a dementia tax and a hard Brexit," he said.

"Or choose a party who won't take their seat, can't represent all those who live here, and whose main political ambition is to silence South Down's voice and abandon the fight for the Good Friday Agreement."

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